As you might know from our numerous reports on the feature, Continuum allows users to utilize the newly launched Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL as if they are PCs. They not only will have much more screen space to work on, they are also able to edit their Office documents using familiar interface. However, users will need Office 365 subscription to do so starting next year according to a post on Office’s official blog.
Currently available for free of charge, the editing function for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Continuum for phones will remain so until 31 March 2016. While this requirement might have seemed so sudden, Microsoft has actually mentioned that core editing on Office documents is only available for free on Windows, Android, and iOS devices with screen size of 10.1-inch and lower for quite some time.
This means that core editing on Windows 10 smartphones will continue to be free since their display is smaller than 10.1-inch. Then again, editing Office documents on a phone screen is a different experience altogether as compared to editing on a bigger screen.
Furthermore, Office 365 subscribers are also able to access these additional features and extra OneDrive cloud storage space as part of their subscription. All in all, it is not exactly a bad situation but since not everyone is exactly comfortable with Office 365’s subscription model, one might want to learn more about it before subscribing.
(Source: Office’s official blog)